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-2 - June 05, 2014 News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox *You are about to emba upon the Great Crusade, to- ward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of tile world are upon you. The ies and prayers of tiberty4ng people eoery- where march with ymL In company with our . ve Allies and brothers- twarms on other Fronts, you ul bring about the de- ., structiaa of the German war &apos;, :hi, the elimination of ;  tyranny over the op- / ssed eoples of Europe, trawl sectttity for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an By Cecil Lawson A week ago I wrote something on the social media website Facebook about how my life felt stag- nant, .that I felt alienated, and that it was time for some changes in my life. When I wrote it, I was actually in a pretty good mood, and I was articulat- ing something that I had been thinking about for weeks and weeks prior to that evening. I wanted to convey my . feelings about a: serie of events in my life that had been happening up to that point, without getting into unnecessary details or naming names to pro- tect the accused, so much of what I had to say was vague. I was generally surprised Your Hometown Newspaper OPINIONS A WALK ON THE 8F_.ACH pate in the D-Day invasion of Europe; June 6, 1944. easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He Will .tight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940- 41. The United Nations have infliaed upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offen- sive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained .fighting men. The tide has turned/The free men of the world are marching together to Vic- tory! I have full confutence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Al- mighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." President Dwight Eisen- hower, in his statement to soldiers about to partici- by the response from my friends and acquaintances, both on Facebook and in public. While most people wished me well in my changes, some wondered if I was soon quitting my job at the newspaper. Oth- ers wondered if I was pick- hag up and leaving Bath County. A few were genu- inely concerned that I was going to harm myself. Even a week later I am fielding the same ques- tions about leaving. Ru- mors and hearsay have spread far, far beyond the Internet and out into the public. They have taken on a life of their own, far beyond whatI intended. Here I am - I'm still in Moore's Ferry, I'm still writing for the Outlook, and I assure you that I'm in tip top shape - physi- cally and mentally- as I get ready to head to Nashville this coming weekend for the Tough Mudder obsta- cle course race. It amazes me how the "There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach." those who are dead and those who are go- ing to die. Now let's get the hell out of here!" Colonel George Taylor, Commander of the 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach, D-Day. Taylor was on the second landing and found the troops from the first wave of landings pinned down. Taylor ral- lied the soldiers and led the inland attack at Omaha Beach. 70 years ago Nicholas County native, Private First Class Charles Wilson, was one of the first soldiers to land on the beaches of Normandy as part of the Allied D-Day offensive into Europe during World War Two. This week the 88-year-old veteran returns to France and will take another walk on Utah Beach, retracing his steps from seven de- cades ago that he made with his fellow soldiers of battery C, 42nd Field Artil- lery Regiment, which was part of the 4th Infantry Di- vision. I've had the pleasure of knowing Mr. W'dson for a couple of years now and first wrote of him several years ago in my column en- titled, "AN OCCURRENCE ON THE WAY TO THE FOURTH AND FINAL OB- JECTIVE." It remains among my fa- vorites and I wrote it after spending a few hours lis- tening to Mr. Wilson as he recalled his service to the nation. He was only 18-years-old when he landed on Utah Beach. He turned 19-years-old on Aug. 25, 1945, the day the 4th Infantry Division liberated Paris, France. Wilson remains young at heart and his walk, like his voice, was strong a couple of weeks ago when he ex- citedly told me about his planned return to France as we chatted in the Nicho- las County Courthouse. There aren't many men like Mr. W'dson; He repre- sents a generation of Amer- leans, which I and many others characterize simply as "The Greatest Genera- tion." They were the selfless generation who fought sav- agely to protect freedom and the lucky ones who survived, men like Char- lie W'dson, well they came back home, healed their minds, bodies and souls the best they could and then made our nation the strongest it has been since before or after. Mr. W'dson had told me that the thing he recalled most among all the hor- rific events he saw and sur- vived, was the unbelievable exhaustion he and his fel- low soldiers endured. He promised himself in the frozen hell of the Hurtgen Forest that if he survived the war, he would sleep uninterrupted for a solid month. The Battle of Hurtgen Forest remains the longest battle the US Military has ever fought, with the battle lasting almost 90<lays and ending Dec. 16, 1944. A few days later Wilson, who was nearly killed dur- THE ,F, PHONE GAME things we say or write, or the ways we act, can be- come so misunderstood. Psychologists have been studying these communi- cations problems for the past century and a half, and philosophers many centuries before them. We all carrying around with us biases, assump- tions, and prejudices, many of which we aren't even aware at the time we listen to others. We filter every word and action we encounter through our minds' amidst all the clutter that's nor- mally in there. We sometimes wind up hearing what we want to hear, not what the speaker actually said. Other times, we just don't understand at all. While those might be times to speak up and ask questions to clarify, often we just take what we are given, and fill in the blanks of our understanding with things we aiadow or just guess anspeulate. The Dinner Bell Cou-nt-ry M a r k e t,L L C 60 different kinds of meats and cheeses r Specials For This Week Black Forest Ham $5.19 lb. (Regularly $5.39 lb.) American Cheese $4.99 (Regularly $5.29) Troyers Smoked Bacon $5.99 a package or 2 for $10.00 or 3 for $4.75 (Regularly $6.89 a package) Fresh Strawberries $3.25 a qt. Sale ends Saturday, June 7th, 2014 ,, t ! 00.TParty Meat and Cheese Traj i Bulk FoodS. .__.J ) -,I - / Flours Sugars Spices \\; . .Jar Goods . .Jazm. " Jams Jellies Pickied Veggies  Huge Selection of Snacks & Candies  Huge Selection of RADA KNIVES , ,. ....  NoWilkifig:S6hjh,S#:0cts  .... . Hanging Baskets of Flowers Poly Lawn Furniture. Antiques Later on, we find we got it wrong. Part of my job as a jour- nalist is dealing with ru- mors. Many times that's all news tips are - rumors and hearsay. It's my job to go to the source and get straight answers, if I can. If can't, Iql say so - "More to follow." I watched this happen in public recently when a disagreement over how a revised stipend schedule for teachers and staff in the Bath County School District was handled by school board members turned, within a few hours, into a small media circus. Local TV crews were on scene, copies of copies of copies of emails were float- I 1 hag around, angry crowds protested when a special called school board meet- hag didn't go as expected and even conspiracy theo- ries floated around about school board members and Supt. Harvey Tackett. It.got a tittle crazy for about four days, to put it mildly. I considered it my job to rush headlong at the ru- mor dragon and slay it with the Sword of truth. Maybe it wasn't exactly that dramatic but I hoped that my articles at least- laid out what was at stake in the original disagree- ment. I encounter the same thing on a regular basis While reporting on ongo- I EARLY D S LIVES l! ing the initial stages of the battle, became the most- popular man in his unit when he received a pack- age from home that was filled with fried chicken, which had been sealed, fresh in a fin! The happiness was fleet- hag, however as the cruelty of war could never be es- caped for very long. It was near the end of the war that W'flson and sev- eral of the other men in his unit discovered the horrors of Dachau Concentration Camp and the many satel- IRe camps that surrounded the main camp, located about ten miles northwest of Munich, Germany. But for Wilson, like many WW II veterans there ap- pears to be no need to re- turn to Germany, there are few if any 'good" memories there; but France, well, that's another story, and one I hope to hear about soon from one greatAmeri- can hero who I hope en- joyed his walk on the beach this week. Against Cancer. ing school board issues in Menifee County, but from a different angle. There is a distinct lack of informa- tion, from both a faction of school board members, as they politically maneuver to achieve their unspoken but otherwise dear agen- da in the school district, and from the state, whose numerous investigative agencies are very interest- ed in what is going on but who are slow to take action and give reports of their progress. In that county I work with what I have, which isn't much, 'but I stick to my guns and report what I Telephone cont. on Pg- 3 I  I I II I , ,. FP00:[TAKE-HOME Colon Cancer Screening Kits available! ! l f ! ', .... ,'Deadline ,to call: 00June 15 2014 "  ; ,| " ,' : Requments t0 reve kit include: : i' es 50 and over (oNamit/history of colon cancer) *, &gesi45 aid oer  African Americans DID YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN A I I I I II II HIGH RtSK COU N W'00FRO !00CO LNO I Jl I I I II I I CANCER? 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